Dr. Alan Gingold of Digestive Healthcare Center has been selected as a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor recipient for 2015, adding to his list of professional accolades.
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Dr. Gingold is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and is currently Chief of Gastroenterology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset.
His areas of expertise include capsule endoscopy, reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and hemorrhoidal banding.
Dr. Gingold also serves as Chairman of the Nutrition Committee at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset, where he previously served as a member of the Colon and Rectal Cancer Institute at Steeplechase Cancer Center and was a member of the Physician Advisory Committee.
In addition to the 2015 Castle Connolly award, he also has received a Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award, Patients’ Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Bridges to Excellence IBD Care Recognition, and Top 10 Doctor/New Jersey Gastroenterologist.
What led you to gastroenterology?
What most appealed to me is the wide range of diseases that affect the GI tract and the correlation between physiology and treatments. The treatments make sense. [During my studies], I was most interested in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It was a fascination with evidence-based treatments, those that target the molecules that cause the inflammation in IBD.
Your course of academic study was fairly untraditional for a woman (biomedical engineering and gastroenterology). What were the challenges you faced? How did they prepare you for your practice?
There were not that many challenges. It’s true that more men than women go into gastroenterology, but that’s changing. When I studied, there were more women than men in the past, and that number increased progressively beyond my year. My undergraduate focus on biomedical engineering was part of my logical mathematical mind and my love for science. It helped me to use these interests in my studies, and it also prepared me for medical school.
What are your specific clinical interests in gastroenterology?
Colon cancer detection/prevention and IBD. This is because of the exposure I received during my fellowship at a major IBD center*. Helping patients achieve clinical remission of IBD is very rewarding. Also, since many patients with IBD tend to be younger when diagnosed, treating them can affect their lives for a lengthy time, both physically and emotionally. Successful treatment allows them to get on with their lives—pursue college, and fulfill their dreams.
You’ll be working with a highly accomplished group at DHC. How does this inspire you?
It’s very exciting to join a well-established gastroenterology group that practices great medicine and provides state-of-the-art care to patients. DHC was the kind of practice I was looking for, one that provides evidence-based treatments and high-quality medicine. I hope to contribute to further DHC’s reputation.
You received an outstanding female student award in medical school. Did this contribute to your interest in female health? If not, what did?
I think my interest in women’s health comes from being a woman myself. I’m interested in how certain types of GI disorders affect women to a greater degree than men. In addition, I am motivated by hearing from patients and family members how good it is to talk to women about their GI issues.
*Mount Sinai Medical Center, where Dr. Lee studied, has been at the forefront of treatment for IBD for nearly 100 years. In fact, Crohn’s disease was named for Mount Sinai physician Burrill B. Crohn, MD, after he and his colleagues first described the condition in 1932.
The Central Jersey Ambulatory Surgery Center (CJASC) located adjacent to and affiliated with the Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC) in Hillsborough, New Jersey, celebrated its 13th Anniversary on May 13th, 2015. All CJASC and DHC staff members were in attendance to celebrate the festive occasion. CJASC’s founder Dr. Charles Accurso said, “At CJASC, we are dedicated to offering our patients the most up-to-date surgical procedures combined with a kind and empathetic staff. Your health and safety is our primary concern and we pride ourselves on being recognized by the ASGE as an ambulatory surgical center that offers quality in endoscopic procedures. Our quality to care is also affirmed by the numerous patient testimonials we have collected over our years of service while providing the the convenient dynamic of an ambulatory surgical center located right next door from Digestive Healthcare Center.”
Check out some photos from the event below:
“Now entering the final stretch of the competition, building teams are pulling out all the stops to which building can reduce its energy use the most over the course of one year. In the first six months of the competition alone, the competitors collectively have saved more than $37 million on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 16,000 homes annually.”
Read about it at easyenergyusa.com
On August 11th from 4pm – 6pm, you can tour our facility for National ASC open house day. Guess the price of medical equipment and supplies to win a prize. Come by to get your blood pressure taken. Refreshments will be served.